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Pensioner wins ticket appeal against Boston Borough Council

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A pensioner is claiming victory in his dispute with Boston Borough Council over a controversial parking ticket.

George Chester, a 94-year-old Second World War hero, had vowed to go to jail, rather than pay a £35 parking 
fine.

Mr Chester, of Horncastle, claims he wasn’t even in Boston at the time the ticket was issued.

The borough council has now written to him, 
saying they accept his explanation and have cancelled the ticket.

Mr Chester said he was delighted with the decision.

He said: “I feel totally justified in what I’ve done.

“It was never about the money. It was about them believing me and admitting they had made a 
mistake.

“I’m just glad it is all over and that they accept what I’ve been saying all along is true.

“It shouldn’t really have got to this but they picked on the wrong man.

“I would have gone to jail, but there’s no need to worry about that now.”

The ticket was issued when Mr Chester parked outside Boston Bus Station while he dropped off an elderly neighbour.

The time on the ticket clearly showed 12.54pm - when Mr Chester claims he was still in Horncastle, 20 miles away.

He had several witnesses and the town’s former mayor and district councillor Fiona Martin was one of many people who supported 
him.

Mr Chester’s defence was based around a bus ticket which showed his neighbour caught a bus from Boston at 1.54pm.

Mr Chester added: “If what the borough council had said was right, I’d have been parked there for an hour. I was there for two or three minutes.”

Mr Chester went on to thank everyone who had backed him, especially Coun Martin.

He added: “People read about it and kept coming up to me saying: ‘Keep going George - don’t give in’.”

He said he was concerned other parking tickets may have been incorrect.

Mr Chester added: “All this isn’t going to put me off driving, although I might not go to Boston again. If I do, I’ll go on the bus!”

Steve Lumb, head of built environment and development at the council, said: “As we have always said, anyone who believes they have a legitimate grievance about the circumstances of a parking ticket served on them has the right to make an appeal.

“In this case Mr Chester properly took up that right and we are pleased that he achieved the outcome he was seeking.

“The appeals unit, based in Nottingham, cancelled the charge on the basis that there was a discrepancy between the time on a bus ticket and the time printed by our penalty ticket machine.

“But the appeals unit did comment that the penalty notice we served, ‘was issued for a valid reason’.

“We are not aware of any problems with times recorded on our machines, but of course we will be looking at 
these.

“The appeals process is always the most appropriate and fairest way of questioning a penalty ticket if it is considered there are legitimate mitigating circumstances.”

 

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